COM LIT 1B: Eating and Being Eaten


To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.

OskiCat = most UC Berkeley libraries

MELVYL = all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries

What's the difference?  more details here

For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not it's checked out, library use only, etc.

Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Sample Searches in OskiCat

1.  searching by keywords

     keywords:  montaigne cannibal*

* = truncation/wildcards (child* = child, childs, childhood, childish, children...)

modify search

language:  english

subject:  montaine, michel

  2.  keywords (topical):  religion literature
look for interesting subject headings to click on or search on:  religion in literature
how can we narrow?:  by place, specific religion, specific authors, narrower topics...

3.  more subject search: cannibalism in literature
                                       art and society
                                       artists and community

  4.  keyword search:  "hunger artist" kafka
subject:  kafka, franz
(select from the list:  kafka, franz 1883-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation

  5.   search by author:
author:  alencar, jose de  (click on suggested name alencar, jose Martiniano de)

other features:

    modify your searches or use advanced keyword searches to limit to English, to specific years of publication, to a library location, by format (videos, maps, etc.)
    save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself
    make sure you know the library location, call number and availability (checked out or not?) of the item(s) you want
    11 million items and 29 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, catalog for 10 UC campuses!

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

SMS and QR image

Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:09